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Employment

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT AND HOME HEALTH AIDES
Experienced Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aides (HHA) needed for full-time, part-time, evenings, overnights, and weekend shifts. Benefits include competitive wages, paid based on experience, training and continuing education for all employees, one-on-one care with clients to foster meaningful relationships, flexible work schedules, a stable company, friendly, supportive work environment, and employee appreciation events, workplace focused on ethics and care for the elderly, 24-hour on-call registered nurse support, awards and recognition for outstanding performance. Employment requires two or more years experience caring for the elderly, reliable means of self-transportation, ability to effectively read, write and speak English, valid Driver’s License, auto insurance and a good driving record, and successfully pass background screening and drug testing.  Visit our website,
www.seniorshomecare.com and fill out our online application located under the careers link at the top of the page 2. Join us at our Hiring Open House, Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., located at 504 Marshall Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119. Questions? Call Wendi 314-962-2666.

Wendi Bottoms, wendi@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, LLC, 314-962-2666, www.seniorshomecare.com

 

CNA
Now hiring Certified Nursing Assistant (Nursing/Health Care) CNA position available for evening shift. Join our team and make a difference in the lives of theirs. Green Park Senior Living Community, a proud member of the CommuniCare family, currently has openings on 2nd shift for CNA's. Full and Part-Time available. Requirements: High School graduate or GED equivalent. Graduate of an approved Nurse Aide Training Program. Must be State Certified and in good standing. For more information please contact: Lyn Belton, Human Resources Manager, 314-845-0900.

Lorie Springkamper, lspringkamper@chs-corp.com, Green Park Senior Living, 314-845-0900, www.communicarehealth.com

 

PERSONAL CARE AIDE, CNA, LPN, and RN
Integrity Home Care is looking for caring hearts and helping hands to assist in the personal care of our pediatric and adult clients in the St. Louis Region. We are now hiring for the following positions; Personal Care Aide, CNA, LPN and RN. If you live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Warren County, Lincoln County, or Jefferson County and are interested in giving back to your community through exceptional customer service and personal one on one care; please contact our Recruiter Ashley Horton anytime Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and apply online through our website
www.integrityhc.com, Careers St. Louis.

Ashley Horton, ashley.horton@integrityhc.com, Integrity Home Care, 314-394-6284, www.integrityhc.com

 

RN, LPN, CNA, CMT, COOK, RECEPTIONIST
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is in need of part time RN and LPN to work every other weekend.  Also needed are a part time receptionist, full time cook, and full time and part time and PRN CNAs at MOPH Assisted Living Facility.   Our Lady of Life Independent Living Facility is in need of a full time cook.  Also needed are RN and LPNs to work both 12-hour and 8-hour shifts, and all shifts for CNAs, and all shifts, for Dietary Aides at Mary Queen & Mother Center Skilled Nursing Facility. Also needed are Med Level 1s and full time and part time and PRN CMTs .

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices@crssstl.org

 

RN and LPN
Now hiring Rehab Nurses. Both RN's and LPN's for our Advanced 360 Rehabilitation. Green Park Senior Living Community, a member of the CommuniCare Health Services family of companies, is dedicated to CommuniCare's vision of Caring Communities where the staff and residents unite and conquer their daily challengers. We are currently recruiting Registers Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses with long term care and rehab experience for the position of Rehab Nurse. We have openings available for all 3 shifts! *Must hold a valid RN or LPN license in the State of Missouri *Must have Rehab and LTC experience. * Must have IV certification. *Must maintain CPR certification.

Lorie Springkamper, lspringkamper@chs-corp.com, Green Park Senior Living, 314-845-0900, www.communicarehealth.com


SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER
BrightStar Care of St. Charles County East is looking for a Sales and Marketing Manager to join our growing franchise office. BrightStar Care offers a higher standard of homecare with professional care experts caring for those in our community. We are looking for someone with proven successful sales experience, 3 to 5 years, preferably selling a service-oriented product. As part of our leadership team, this person is responsible for developing an existing territory in an effort to increase sales. This person will need to have a strong presence in the community and actively promote the BrightStar brand. In exchange, we offer a competitive base salary plus commission, earned PTO, outside travel and mileage reimbursement, and a supportive office team to work with. If you want to feel good about what you do and make money at the same time, call us today for an interview. 636-866-0722.

Marilyn Kasal, marilyn.kasal@brightstarcare.com, BrightStar Care, 636-866-0722, brightstarcare.com


Honors & Recognition

DES PERES HOSPITAL
Des Peres Hospital received an “A” in Patient Safety in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score. This is the hospital’s eighth consecutive “A,” having received straight A’s since the fall of 2012.

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital, 314-966-9695, www.despereshospital.com/en-US/aboutUs/hospitalNews/PressReleases/Pages/DesPeresHospitalGetsTopGradeforPatientSafety.aspx

 

HOSPICE AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
National Volunteer Month is celebrated annually during the month of April, and is acknowledged as a time to honor the many gifts our nation’s volunteers bring to the world through the selfless act of volunteerism. Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis dedicated this time to thank their committed hospice volunteers for providing support, companionship and hope to patients facing a terminal illness. Volunteers play a vital role in enabling hospices to offer the best care for patients, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy and expertise, volunteers, much like the employees, bring compassion and caring to the lives of patients in need, encouraging them to live every moment of life to the fullest. In celebration of National Volunteer Month, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis volunteers were invited to the Greater St. Louis Volunteer Symposium and were given the opportunity to purchase a book aimed at helping them in their hospice volunteer journey. If you're interested in learning more about hospice and volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit
www.unityhospice.com/volunteers/.

Jenna Matzer, jmatzer@unityhospice.com, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis, (618) 606-3796, www.unityhospice.com

                         

SYNERGY HOME CARE
Synergy Home Care has recently been awarded 2 "Best of the Best, Home Care Companies" in the St. Louis area for 2016!!! Both awards were earned by receiving consistently high ratings and positive reviews from residents, families and visitors. Another criteria was the Work Ethic, Ability, Compassion, and Professionalism of Synergy's Caregivers. This exclusive designation is awarded to less than one percent of providers nationwide. The awards were presented by Senior Advisor and Home Care Pulse.

Mike McMonigle, mmcmonigle@synergystlc.com, Synergy Home Care, 314-359-5514, www.synergyhomecare.com


Arts & Entertainment

MAY 15 to 20 or JUNE 5 to 10

YMCA Trout Lodge

Hiking, canoeing and an amazing underground adventure will take place on May 15 to 20 or June 5 to 10. Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise in the Ozarks. Experience the nature and history of the area on a hike, by canoe or on horseback. Try your hand at archery and riflery, visit mud cave, enjoy a local winery, tour famous Bonne Terre Mine and take a pontoon ride on an underground lake, and more. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities.

Shanna Babiak, shanna.babiak@gwrymca.org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622, www.troutlodge.org

 

MAY 17

10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fairmount Park
The Lafayette Older Adult Program (LOAP) is taking a day trip! Nothing beats a day at the races! Get a track side view of the horse races from the Black Stallion Room. Enjoy thoroughbred racing at the world-famous Fairmont Park racetrack including a delicious lunch buffet. Pick up is at 10:15 a.m. at the North Pointe Aquatic Center parking lot, then we will travel by bus to Fairmount Park. Sign up early, there is a limited number of spaces available. The cost is $45 per person and covers the cost of transportation and lunch. Please contact Stephanie Hardesty at 636-391-6326 ext. 401 or Melissa Musgrove at 636-207-2357 with any questions.

Kirsten Hochstetler, khochstetler@ballwin.mo.us, Ballwin Parks and Recreation, 636-227-8950, www.ballwin.mo.us

 

MAY 17

11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at All Occasions Banquet Center
Register for our 1940's Big Bands Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at All Occasions Banquet Center! We will have a live band, delicious food, a 1940's costume contest, and raffles with prizes! Call 636-947-0622 today to register or visit our website. Tickets are just $19 per person.
http://www.baue.com/events/1940s-big-bands-luncheon/.

Kacie Derby, kaciederby@baue.com, Baue Funeral Home, 636-947-0622, Baue.com/events

 

MAY 20

9:30 a.m. at Grant’s Farm and O’Leary’s
Senior trip to Grant's Farm. Seniors, join us for another senior trip on May 20 at 9:30 a.m. Meet at RiverChase. Lunch will be at O'Leary's and will be at your own expense. Cost is only $15 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today!

Stacy Laake, slaake@fentonmo.org, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067, www.fentonmo.org/parks

 

MAY 20

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Macklind International Senior Center
International Older Adult Art Show.  The public is invited to a show of mixed media pieces created by older immigrants and refugees from European, African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20 at the Macklind International Senior Center, 1329 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110. Light refreshments will be served. The evening also will feature foreign-born seniors sharing their experience as art “creators.” Over the past year, 25 seniors participated in classes taught by local professional artist Eileen Cheong. Bilingual International Assistant Services sponsored and hosted the program with generous support from the Regional Arts Commission. Participants were selected among seniors who attended the Macklind International Senior Center, Missouri’s first nutrition and activity program designed for foreign-born older adults. These classes were the first time that some of these individuals experienced art. For additional information, please contact Mary Wang at 314-645-7800,
mary.wang@bilingualstl.org.

Ellen Sherman, ellen.sherman@bilngualstl.org, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800, www.bilingualstl.org

 

MAY 21

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Stonecrest Assisted Living
Stonecrest Senior Living will host a Military Families Celebration - Summer Kick off May 21st, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free refreshments and drinks at 1008 Woods Mill Rd., Town and Country, MO 63017. Stonecrest Assisted Living is celebrating the life of Military families. Shuttle buses will be provided from the Schnucks Parking Lot at 1060 Woods Mill Plaza, Ballwin, MO 63017.  Live Entertainment, Clydesdale Horses, Bar-B-Que and lots of fun will be provided.

Paulina  Shanks, pshanks@stonecrestseniorliving.com, Stonecrest of Town and Country , 636-527-4444, www.stonecrestoftownandcountry.com

 

MAY 22 to 27

YMCA Trout Lodge

Looking on the Bright Side adult program to be held May 22 to 27. Laugh out loud as you learn to find humor in everyday life while playing some of the games you loved as a kid. Have a wonderful fun time while learning about music, singing and gaining insight on the Ozark humor and heritage. Explore Trout Lodge while hiking and riding on a pontoon boat while you celebrate life and immerse yourself in the healing power of laughter. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities!

Shanna Babiak, shanna.babiak@gwrymca.org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622, www.troutlodge.org

 

MAY 23 to 25

YMCA Trout Lodge

Fun Time in the Sunshine Adult program to be held May 23 to 25. YMCA Trout Lodge, wants you to get outdoors, get active, and enjoy some relaxing time in the sunshine! And this adventurous all-inclusive 3-day/2-night program is designed to do just that. Enjoy activities like archery, riflery, pontoon tours, mini golf, nature hikes, aquatic ecology classes, canoeing/kayaking/sailing lessons, line dancing, campfires and so much more. Grab some friends and head down to the beautiful Ozarks hills and enjoy some fun in the sun! Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities.

Shanna Babiak, shanna.babiak@gwrymca.org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622, www.troutlodge.org

 

JUNE 1

10:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. at Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Maturity and Its Muse in Partnership with The Missouri History Museum, presents The Silver Stages Series: Performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans. Come enjoy all new programs presented by our most loved groups of performers! We promise you and your friends will love them all.  Wednesday, June 1 MPAC (Mo Pageant Alumnae Club) A Crowd Pleaser at The Missouri History Museum E. Desmond Lee Auditorium. Admission is free, doors open at 10:00 a.m., performance from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. at Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. Handicapped accessible information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444
lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, maturity and its muse, 314-420-1444, www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

JUNE 3

12:00 p.m. at RiverChase

Senior trip to Persimmon Ridge Winery. Seniors join us for another senior trip to Persimmon Ridge Winery. Meet at RiverChase a little before 12:00 p.m.  Bring your own lunch! Cost is only $12 per person. Call 636-343-0067 to sign up today!

Stacy Laake, slaake@fentonmo.org, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067, www.fentonmo.org/parks

 

JUNE 8

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden Tram Tour, Senior Sizzler Wednesday, June 8th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Missouri Botanical Gardens (Meet at the Central Park Pavilion) $40 per person. Register at http://www.chesterfield.mo.us/botanical-garden-tram-tour.html. Join us for the Missouri Botanical Garden Tram Tour on June 8. We will meet at the Central Park Pavilion at 8:00 a.m. Once we arrive, we will take a tram tour of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Then we will stop for lunch at LoRusso's Restaurant for a buffet-style feast offering salad, Chicken Teresa, Cod Picante, Pasta Marinara or Alfredo, cookie, coffee or tea. After lunch, we will visit the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Factory (closed toe shoes only) and then return back to the Central Park Pavilion around 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The trip is $40 per person and will include transportation, lunch and admission. EXTRA: For this trip, a Senior Sizzler t-shirt will be included! Please give your t-shirt size (adult unisex sizes S-XXL) at registration. To register, mail the registration form to Annemarie Deutschmann at the West County Family Y, 16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017 or call 636-532-3100 for more information.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

JUNE 23

10:30 a.m. at Ted Drewes and Gooey Louie

Senior trip to Ted Drewes and a stop at Gooey Louie. Seniors, join us for another senior trip on June 23 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at Quincy Street Bistro and at your own expense. Cost is only $12 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today.

 

AUGUST 26         

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at RiverChase
Head to RiverChase on August 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a fun summer evening sponsored by Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley. Enjoy a night of live music, dancing, dinner and desserts! The Retro Band will play a 'Tribute to Rock and Roll Legends' show! Cost is only $15 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today.

Stacy Laake, slaake@fentonmo.org, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067, www.fentonmo.org/parks

 

NOVEMBER 12

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
Sippin for Sunnyhill on Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Admission fee of $50 per person includes appetizers and four-hour open bar featuring over 30 Anheuser-Busch products. Enjoy participating in the Sunnyhill Grand Prix, Silent Auction, Liquor Raffle, 50/50 Drawing and a whole lot of fun! Only 200 tickets available. For more information contact Amy at amoore@sunnyhillinc.org  or call 314-845-3900. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org


Announcements

MAY 17

All Occasions Banquet Center
Join us for our 1940's Big Bands Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17. We will have delicious food, live entertainment, raffles, 1940's costume contests and more! Our luncheon will be held at All Occasions Banquet Center. For more information, or to register, call 636-946-4042 or visit
www.baue.com/events. Tickets are just $19 per person.

Kacie Derby, kaciederby@baue.com, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000, www.baue.com/events

 

MAY 26     

10:00 a.m. at The Renaud Spirit Center

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation Seminar at The Renaud Spirit Center in O'Fallon, MO, 63366. Is cremation the right choice for you? Learn about all of the options & services available today with cremation and discover our unique and life honoring memorialization choices. To register for this event please contact the Renaud Spirit Center at 636-474-8105.

Stacy Jones, stacyjones@baue.com, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622, www.baue.com

 

MAY 26

2:00 p.m. at Baue Funeral Services
Veterans Seminar & BBQ on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2p.m. Creating meaningful services to honor those who serve is just part of what you will experience. Learn about veteran's options and benefits that are available today. A customized Life Organizer Kit with personalized veteran information will be presented.

Stacy Jones, stacyjones@baue.com, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622, www.baue.com

 

MAY 26 to 31

St. Louis Senior Olympics
The St. Louis Senior Olympics, the regional competition for athletes aged 50 and older, is actively seeking applications for athletes to participate in more than 90 individual and team events over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 to 31, 2016. From basketball to bocce; soccer, softball and shuffleboard; to tap dancing, tennis and track, the Senior Olympics engage more than 1,100 athletes and hundreds of volunteers at more than a dozen different venues across the St. Louis area. The events are open to everyone. Athletes must be at least 50 years old, but there is no maximum age! “It’s truly a community-wide event that provides something meaningful for everyone who participates,” said Phil Ruben, Director of the event. “We have serious competition, friendly games and performances. We have volunteer opportunities for all ages. And in the end, we have recognition, camaraderie and enduring friendships, all built around the spirit of this great event.” Registration packets for will be available March 15th and the registration deadline is May 9th. You can take advantage of the “Early Bird Special” if you register by April 18th. The packets include registration for athletes and volunteers.

Jarvis Smith, jsmith@jccstl.org, Jewish Community Center, 314-442-3216, http://stlouisseniorolympics.org/

 

MAY 29

2:00 p.m. at St. Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Join us for our 55th Annual Veterans Memorial Program on Sunday, May 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery. We will honor the lives of veterans in St. Charles County who have died within the last year. Visit www.baue.com/events for more information.

Kacie Derby, kaciederby@baue.com, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000, www.baue.com/events

 

JUNE 18

8:00 a.m. at Ritenour Senior High School
Ed's Race For Life on June 18th, at 8:00 a.m.  We are holding the 5th Annual Ed’s Race for Life. This 5K race/1 Mile Fun run will benefit the Ed Heigl Family Charitable Trust. Ed was an outstanding runner at Ritenour High School and St. Louis University. He was a husband, father of three children and a friend to many. On July 10th of 2015, Ed lost his battle with liver and colon cancer. While Ed's life on this earth has ended, the causes he cared about are still with us; including taking care of the elderly and forgotten. Ed is handing off these challenges to us. Won't you come and join us as we continue the race? Date: June 18, 2016, Time: 8:00 a.m., Location: Ritenour Senior High School, 9100 St. Charles Rock Road, Overland MO 63114 Cost: 5K Race is $15 in advance, $20 at time of race. Children 12 and under $10 in advance, $15 at time of race. Age group awards will be awarded. 1 Mile Fun Run is $10 in advance or day of race. Finisher ribbons will be awarded. Payment by cash, check and credit or debit cards will be accepted. See entry form for additional details. Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/edsraceforlife/ Email: edsrace4life@yahoo.com

Ted Gotlieb, newhome@me.com, Certified Seniors Housing Professional, 314-956-9477, https://sites.google.com/site/edsraceforlife/

 

BJC HEALTHCARE TO OPEN NEW HOPSICE HOUSE
BJC HealthCare to open a new hospice house. Both adult and pediatric hospice patients will soon have much-needed options for end-of-life care with the opening of a 16 bed hospice house to be located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Scheduled to open in 2017, the 18,000-square-foot facility will serve both adult and pediatric patients and their families from throughout the area. While hospice care is routinely provided in a home setting, the new hospice house is designed to offer patients and families an alternative choice in special circumstances such as the short-term management of pain and symptoms, respite for caregivers, and when care in the family home is not feasible. The ranch-style hospice house will offer a warm, comfortable environment where hospice patients can receive specialized care in comfortable surroundings that involve family members and caregivers. Features include: 16 private suites for adults, teens and children; natural surroundings with a walking path, gazebo and playground area; hospice-specialized care team; gathering room with fireplace; dedicated music and art therapy rooms; family kitchen and dining rooms; chapel and meditation room; sleeping area for family and a special veteran recognition.

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759, www.bjchospice.org

 

DOWNSIZE PLANNING
Ted Gottlieb, Seniors Focused Real Estate Agent and Certified Aging In Place Specialist has launched a new website,
http://www.downsizingstl.com. The website contains various information designed to ease the transition from the family home to condo, villa or community living. Check it out and share it with your peers and clients.

Ted Gotlieb, newhome@me.com, Certified Seniors Housing Professional, 314-956-9477, https://sites.google.com/site/edsraceforlife/

 

HALOTHERAPY
Coughing? Stuffy? Nothing working? For five years Halotherapy has been available in one of the USA's first 'Salt Room' facilities, in Maplewood. Pulmonologists in Russia developed Halotherapy in the mid-1990s and since then over 10,000 facilities have opened world-wide. Halotherapy is a safe, natural, inexpensive and pleasant way to improve respiratory health by clearing mucus from airways and reducing inflammation, while also aiding with sleep and numerous other conditions. Seniors are invited to receive consultation and a first session for $20 by calling the St. Louis Salt Room and mentioning this announcement.

Clay Juracsik, cjuracsik@hotmail.com, St. Louis Salt Room, 314-647-2410, www.mysaltspa.com

UNITY HOSPICE
In support of Red Nose Day USA, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis is using the entire month of May to partner with their communities and create good laughs for a great cause. Red Nose Day is a global campaign devoted to raising money for charities that deliver basic needs such as food, water, shelter and medicine to children around the world living in poverty. The idea is simple; purchase a red nose, take a selfie and post it online to raise awareness. You can even vote on your favorite picture on Unity Hospice's website! Unity Hospice purchased 1,000 noses for this year's campaign. If you're interested in joining Unity Hospice in supporting this outreach initiative, please contact us at
www.unityhospice.com or 888-394-1055. Together, the efforts of Red Nose Day and children’s charities improve the lives of youth around the world by providing safety, education and a healthy, stable life.

Jenna Matzer, jmatzer@unityhospice.com, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis, 888-394-1055, www.unityhospice.com


Lectures / Cont. Education

MAY 15

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Living in place as we age – it’s the choice most of us would make. Unfortunately, many older adults miss their window of opportunity to do so for any number of reasons. On Sunday, May 15, the Webster Groves Senior Roundtable, a city endorsed committee dedicated to improving the lives of older adults, will host the Senior Sampler. The event is designed to help seniors and their families learn about service providers and area senior living options before they have a need or are in crisis. It offers both a resource fair from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. that will feature information about support services such as home delivered meals and medications, in-home care and assistance, and transportation, as well as the opportunity to visit the following senior communities that will hold open houses that day from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: The Rockwood, Pacific Place, Bethesda Orchard and Cardinal Ritter. For more information, call 314-395-0988.

Miki McKee Koelsch, mckeem@webstergroves.org, City of Webster Groves, 314-963-5656, www.webstergroves.org

 

MAY 16 & 17

St. Charles Convention Center
26th annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference. Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17. Please join The Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (AADD) for the 26th Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference at the St Charles Convention Center. Sessions are designed to support caregivers and professionals in enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities who are aging. We will again be offering Continuing Education Units pending approval from Illinois, St Louis University School of Nursing, & NASW- Missouri. Hotel accommodations will be available at a discount through the Embassy Suites, attached to the Convention Center. If you know of any staff person, family member, administrator, etc. who cares for a person with a developmental disability who is aging, please forward this to them, or call 314-647-8100 for more information.

Pamela Merkle, agingwithdd@msn.com, Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, 314-647-8100, www.agingwithdd.org

 

MAY 18

6:00 p.m. at Schlafly Branch Library
Life After Retirement: What’s Next? Wednesday May 18th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  Schlafly Branch Library, 225 North Euclid, St. Louis, 63108. Presented by STL Village. Life after retirement can be the beginning of new adventures, new joys, and greater successes. This lecture will focus on making the most of life after retirement. Panelists: Cal Halvorsen, Doctoral student, Washington University; Sylvia Nissenboim, MSW, LCSW; Barbara Herschbach, president of Our Second Act. Moderator: Bev Berner, Life and Encore Career Coach.

Madeline Franklin, info@stlvillage.org, STL Village, 314-802-0275, www.stlvillage.org

 

MAY 18

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business on May 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall, 1520 Market Street, 3rd floor, St. Louis, MO 63103. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MAY 18, JUNE 14, JULY 19, and SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missourie.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MAY 19

11:00 a.m. at Victorian Gardens
Veteran's Benefits in 2016. Join us for a free seminar to learn how benefits can help pay for long term care. Tuesday, May 19th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Victorian Gardens, 15 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Eureka, MO 63025.  Chef Prepared Meal served after the seminar RSVP needed- 636-587-3737 by May 16th.

Deirdre Cechin, deirdre@eldercareadvisors.org, Elder Care Advisors, 636-395-0877, www.quinnestatelaw.com

 

MAY 19

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall
The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1520 Market Street, 3rd floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with
www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MAY 19, JUNE 15, JULY 20, and SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MAY 24 TO MAY 26

Best Practice Boot Camp®, May 24 to May 26. Calling all Missouri Nursing Home Administrators interested in a dynamic continuing education experience. Best Practice Boot Camp® for Long Term Care Communities is a comprehensive course for developing advanced marketing skills for Long Term Care Administrators and their staff. This course targets the skills necessary to strategically grow your business using the latest marketing principles. Participants are eligible for up to 20 Admin CEUs as required by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Approval # SO-3812. For more information including a full program description with topics and class schedule or to register, please click here: http://www.growingsales.com/. Questions call Katheryn at 314-852-1025.

Katheryn Hunt, khunt@growingsales.com, Cornerstone Solutions, 314-852-1025, http://www.growingsales.com

 

JUNE 2

2:00 p.m. at Sunrise on Clayton
Attention Veterans, spouses and families of veterans. Learn about qualifying for Veteran's Benefits Thursday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at Sunrise on Clayton located at 7920 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117. Join us for a free workshop presented by Elder Care Advisors and Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC. Determine your eligibility based on war time service dates, income and assets before beginning the application process. To reserve your seat call 314-646-7600.

Deirdre Cechin, deirdre@eldercareadvisors.org, Elder Care Advisors, 636-395-0877, www.quinnestatelaw.com

 

JUNE 9 TO DECEMBER 22

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legal Clinic For Entrepreneurs Aspiring entrepreneurs are often confronted with challenges when launching a startup or developing an existing business. Now, they can seek legal assistance and trim their legal costs by coming to SLATE. Experienced business attorneys, provided through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, offer one-on-one 30-minute sessions for laid off workers at absolutely no charge. Questions that are frequently discussed can include entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts, among others. Times: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., every other Thursday.  Dates are June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1, 5, and 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22, 2016.  Location: SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103.  Space is limited and appointments are necessary. To register, please call 314-657-3768. Recommended parking: Kiel Center Garage, $1.50 per hour and cash only.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

JUNE 10

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
Are you working in the long-term care community and wanting to learn more about the future of long-term care? Would you like to earn 7.25 CEU administrator or social worker credits while doing so? What does a fashion show have to do with quality long-term care? Have you experienced compassion fatigue? Or are you trying to navigate long-term care for you or your loved one? Overwhelmed and looking for guidance? VOYCE hosts the 5th annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference to answer these questions and more on June 10 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. It is a day of bringing together administrators, social workers, directors of nursing, nurses, professional long-term caregivers and individuals and their families from the St. Louis area community. The day will include national and local thought provoking, educational speakers who will teach you dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available options. The day also includes an informational showcase of exhibitors who serve the long-term care community. Meet the people who can help you. Take advantage of early bird registration now (includes breakfast and lunch): $35-$125 Online Registration:
http://bit.ly/1ouY9DS Only 3 sponsorship spaces available www.VOYCEstl.org phone: 314-918-8222.

Kristin Pendleton, kpendleton@voycestl.org, VOYCE, 314-919-2410, www.voycestl.org

 

JUNE 11, JULY 9 and AUGUST 13

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at City Place

A Divorce Workshop for Women, is held monthly on the second Saturday of the month. This 3 1/2 hour workshop is taught by a Family Law Attorney, a Mental Health professional and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Topics are the legal, emotional and financial aspects of divorce. The workshop will be held June 11, July 9 and August 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at  Three City Place Dr., Ste. 550, Creve Coeur, MO 63141, 314-983-9803. For more information: www.secondsaturdaystl.com

Laura Boedges, laurajb64@gmail.com, Second Saturday St. Louis, 314-983-9803, www.secondsaturdaystl.com

 

JUNE 15

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 26 North Oaks Plaza

The Basics of Writing a Business Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details. Location: 26 North Oaks Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63121. Date: June 15, 2016.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

JUNE 15

2:30 p.m. at Weinberg Lounge
2016 Election - What does it mean for me? Wednesday, June 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Weinberg Lounge.  Join a discussion facilitated by Susan Hegger as we explore the presidential candidates' positions on issues relevant to the senior populations. Susan is a retired political editor at St. Louis Public Radio and has an impressive journalistic career in the political realm with the St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Riverfront Times. There is no cost to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to Crown Center at 314-991-2055.

Stacy Kres, skress@ncjwstl.org, National Council of Jewish Women, 314-993-5181, www.ncjwstl.org

 

AUGUST 11

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CORP: Using Technology to Declutter & Sell Online. Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chesterfield City Hall. Free to adults 50 and older. Call 314-615-4474 to register or visit our website at www.chesterfield.mo.us.  Learn how to declutter your home and turn unwanted items into spending money by using technology to reach potential buyers. The class will cover tips for starting the decluttering process, pros and cons of using Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc, and tips for selling online and how to use apps for easy posting. To register, contact Karen Bono, Age Smart Age Well Program Coordinator for the St. Louis County Older Resident Programs, at 314-615-4474 or kbono@stlouisco.com.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

ESTATE PLANNING
Silence May Be Golden, But Not When It Comes to Your Estate. It's a topic people tend to put off or ignore, but one of the most important things you can do is to develop a sound estate plan. Doing so lets you take a giant step toward a more secure future for yourself and generations to come. Attend our Preparing Your Estate Plan presentation to learn more about: what to consider when creating your will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to help reduce taxes on your estate, and how insurance can help protect your family.  An estate-planning attorney also will be available to answer your questions. Seating is limited call today to reserve space for yourself and a guest at this event. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should contact a qualified tax or legal professional regarding your specific situation. Following presenters will be on hand to answer questions after presentation; Attorney  Shawn Estep with The Estep Law Firm, CPA Joel Kamil with Joel Kamil & Associates, Advance Planning Director  James Rentze with Schrader's Funeral Home, Cemetery Director Mandi Barrett with Bellerive Cemetery and Financial Advisor Jeff Ponte with Edward Jones.

Jeff Ponte, jeffrey.ponte@edwardjones.com, Edward Jones, 314-469-1696, www.edwardjones.com


Health & Wellness

MAY 17

6:00 p.m. at Des Peres Hospital
Makoplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing -- Don’t let knee pain hold you back. Makoplasty ® robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time. Learn more at an upcoming seminar. Call 1-855-290-9355 to register. Next seminar is May 17, 2016 and held in building 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road at 6:00 p.m.

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital, 314-066-9695, www.despereshospital.com

 

MAY 25

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at RiverChase
Come celebrate national Senior Health and Fitness Day at RiverChase located at 990 Horan Dr. Fenton, MO, on May 25, 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. The common goal for this day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the Nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults. This fair will connect you with non-profit organizations, agencies, institutions and businesses with the information, services, opportunities and products that seniors want and need. The Senior Health and Fitness Fair is FREE and open to the public. Highlights: try a new exercise class in the demonstration area, free giveaways and attendance prizes, free entertainment by Senior Strutters, guest speakers, breakfast items will be served while supplies last. Sponsored by SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Des Peres Hospital, Alliance Credit Union, The Diabetes Dr., The Spa House, SSM Physical Therapy, Renewal by Andersen, New Beginnings for U, Heartland Hospice, Body Balance Chiropractic, Miracle Ear and Ageless Design.

Stacy Laake, slaake@fentonmo.org, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067, www.fentonmo.org/parks

 

MAY 25

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Green Park Senior Living and Advance 360 Rehab
Spring In To Health and Wellness Fair, Wednesday, May 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 9300 Green Park Road, St. Louis MO 63123. Participating Vendors: SAM's Club, Rehab Care, Amedisys Home Health, Premier Design’s Jewelry, Books Are Fun, YMCA of South County, Mid-East Area on Aging, Jimmy John's, Walgreens, Abbott EMS, South View Assisted Living, Crest View Assisted Living. Door prizes, blood pressure checks, JJ's Samples will also have job fair opportunities: now hiring RN's and LPN's all shifts. For more information regarding employment please contact Human Resources Director, Lyn Belton at 314-845-0900.

Lorie Springkamper, lspringkamper@chs-corp.com, Green Park Senior Living & Advance 360 Rehab, 314-845-0900

 

JUNE 1

7:00 p.m. at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit
Iris Salsman, founder of Been There Done That, and Deborah Zorensky, owner of The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, will be offering a free seminar: "Look Good, Feel Good," on Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m., at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7649 Delmar Blvd. in University City. For information or to reserve a seat, call 314-725-6767 or 314-495-3017.

Iris Salsman, iris@beentheredonethatstl.com, Been There Done That, 314-495-3017, www.beentheredonethatstl.com

 

JUNE 3

4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The American Heart Association presents the 15th annual Most Powerful Voices Gospel Expo being held on June 3rd from 4:30p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Health Screenings will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. Concert is at 7:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. You do have to complete at least two screenings to get VIP seating at 6:30 p.m. Registration is encouraged. Register at
www.heart.org/empoweringstl Marvin Sapp, a 10 time Grammy Award Nominee, is the featured singer for this concert.

Linda Hiette, lhiette@stlouisco.com, St Louis County Department of Public Health, 314-615-0506, www.stlouiscounty.com

 

JUNE 4

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
St. Luke's Celebrates Health: Free Health Screenings, Physician Talks and More. Saturday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join us for a free health fair and help St. Luke's Hospital celebrate 150 years of service to our community. The following free screenings will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited based on availability. Screenings are for those 18 and older. A1C Screening (for those with or at risk for diabetes) Blood Pressure BMI (Body Mass Index) Bone Density Screening, Fall Risk Assessment, Hearing Loss Assessment, Lung Cancer Risk Assessment, Non-fasting cholesterol and glucose (finger stick), Pulmonary Function Screening, and Sleep Health Self-Assessment. To register, visit
www.stlukes-stl.com.  Questions? Call 314-205-6706.

Derek Martinez, derek.martinez@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-576-2376, www.stlukes-stl.com/spotlight/health-fair.html

 

FREE HEARING TEST
Do you know someone who may have a challenge hearing over the telephone? Do you know someone who always talks way too loud or turns their TV up way too loud? They may have a hearing loss! We offer "free hearing exams" and if the patient has a loss, we can offer them a "free CaptionCall Phone". Contact one of our 9 local offices in the St Louis area today and schedule your free hearing exam. Call today and tell us you saw a free hearing exam offer in the St Louis Times. 877-432-7632

Joe Callahan, jcallahan@MiracleEarSTL.com, Miracle Ear, 636-527-7520, http://www.miracle-ear.com

 

SSM HEALTH AT HOME
Heal at home after an injury or illness with SSM Health at Home. Whether you need help managing a chronic health condition or you need rehabilitation after surgery, SSM Health at Home offers a variety of services to help you recover in the comfort of your own home. Our home care services include: skilled nursing care, home health aides and nurse assistants, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical social work, speech-language therapy, nutritional counseling, palliative care, chronic disease and symptom management. Talk to your physician about your home health options.

SSM Health at Home, 800-265-0100, www.ssmhealthathome.com

 

VETERANS HOME CARE
How to Find Financial Help for Veterans’ Home Care. Some veterans qualify for financial support for home care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There is a little-known benefit called Aid and Attendance for veterans who served at least one day during war time, with a minimum of 90 days active military duty and received an honorable discharge. Typically, VA disability compensation is obtained when a person's disability is related to his or her military service. However, the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit is different. It pays for home care when the veteran’s disability is a non service-connected disability. For Aid and Attendance, veterans aren’t required to have fought in an active combat situation, but they need to have served when the US military was actively engaged in conflict. The eligibility requirements and application process can be complicated. That’s why Veterans Home Care, a private, family-owned and operated company, offers their VetAssist Program. The VetAssist Program also provides service to veterans after they’ve qualified for Aid and Attendance with ongoing VA compliance and home care monitoring. For more information and to learn about Veterans Home Care Visits, contact Veteran’s Home Care at 888-314-6075.

Janet Jennewein, janetj@veteranshomecare.com, Veterans Home Care, 314-514-2444, www.veteranshomecare.com


Support & Counseling

MAY 25

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free Family Caregiver Training, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This training opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a parent or loved one in multiple settings. Whether you are a seasoned caregiver or planning care for a family member, spouse or friend, this free class will teach you topics including: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, and proper body mechanics to protect yourself against injury, Alzheimer's disease and dementia awareness, and handling caregiver stress. This class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited for this free community service, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot!

Ted Ryan, ted@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666, http://www.seniorshomecare.com/how-we-can-help/shc-university/

 

JUNE 6 TO JULY 18

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop to be held at The Sheperd’s Center.  The Sheperds Center is pleased to announce we have partnered with Right at Home St Louis in bringing the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program to the St Louis Area. Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop, a six-week course beginning Monday, June 6, 2016 to July 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 1333 West Lockwood Ave. Glendale, Mo. 63122. Suggested Donation: $10.00. This workshop will give caregivers tools to care for themselves while caring for a loved one whether a relative or friend. Space is limited registration required by calling The Sheperd’s Center at 314-395-0988.

Trish Cooper, trish@rahstl.com, Right at Home St Louis, 314-567-5545, www.rahstl.com

 

HOSPICE PROGRAM
Preferred Hospice is proud to launch their new Assurance Program. It is available to any individual evaluated for hospice admission, but who does not currently meet eligibility requirements. Through the program we can assure the individual that if they decline, they will receive the fullness of the hospice benefit at the earliest they qualify. The Assurance Program is a need-based service driven by Spiritual and Psychosocial needs. At Preferred Hospice, it is our commitment to the individuals we serve to be there, “when they need us, where they need us for as long as they need us.” This means that these individuals, who have earlier stages of terminal diseases or who are still receiving aggressive treatment, are the perfect candidate for the Assurance Program. This program provides two monthly visits at home or in a facility by a Social Worker and/or Chaplain and every six months or when condition declines by a nurse. Referrals can be made by anyone. For the Farmington office call 573-756-9800 or the St. Louis office call 636-527-9330.

Matthew Stuchlik, mstuchlik.far@preferredhospice.com, Preferred Hospice.com, 573-756-9800, www.preferredhospice.com

In Search Of...

BOOK PUBLISHING
Computers and the Internet have made it much easier to write and publish a book, but the missing ingredient to success is very often the experience of a publisher and distributor. What if you could work with a company that understands publishing, promotion and sales? A company that partners with you, supports you throughout the process of producing and marketing your book, and shares your success? Bluebird Publishing is a St. Louis company that combines the talents and experience of owner Dan Thompson, former partner and now senior consultant Jeff Fister, and a team of editorial and design experts. Dan, who has been in the retail distribution business and in books and music for 30 years, understands how to produce a professional book and get it in the right hands. We also understand and respect that most authors don’t have unlimited budgets. We empower our authors by providing upfront pricing itemizing the charges for the services we’ll provide so there’s no “sticker shock” down the road.

Dan Thompson, dan@bluebirdbookpub.com, Blue Bird Book Publishing, 314-757-9998, www.bluebirdbookopub.com

BJC HOSPICE

A small gift of your time can make a big impression on someone’s heart. BJC Hospice is always in need of adults and teens to donate their time. Apply online or call: St. Louis area, 314-872-5050, Farmington, Missouri, 573-760-8550, Sullivan, Missouri, 573-468-3630, Alton, Illinois, 618-463-7100.  Hospice patients can be adults or children, and volunteers provide valuable support to patients and their families. Volunteers can help in numerous ways by supporting patients and families so they can continue to live life to the fullest or helping within the office to support the staff. The amount of time you volunteer is your choice, and you are guided each step of the way with on-going training and support from our volunteer coordinator.

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759, www.bjchospice.org 

 

HOME HEALTH AIDES
Oddessa Home Healthcare LLC is looking for energetic, compassionate home health aides to service our clients. We are hiring homemakers, CNA's, LPN's, PCA's and RN's. We are company driven by our compassion to keep our seniors and disable in their own familiar and comfortable surroundings. Their homes is a place of safe haven. So if you are interested in joining our team of professional compassionate caregivers contact Trina at 314-755-1010 or visit our website to submit an application@
www.oddessahomehealthcare.com.

Trina Wade, twade@oddessahomehealthcare.com, Oddessa Home Healthcare, 314-755-1010, twade@oddessahomehealthcare.com

LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES, ILLINOIS
We need your money management skills. Do you have a passion for helping seniors? Are you good at balancing your checkbook, explaining simple financial forms, and creating a budget? If so, then you will find it rewarding to become a volunteer with Lutheran Senior Services, Volunteer Money Management in Illinois. We are currently seeking reliable people to serve clients in Madison County, Illinois, Monroe County, Illinois, and St. Clair County, Illinois. You can volunteer for as few as two hours per month, with a flexible schedule. Call for more information.

Antoinette  Moore, antoinette.moore@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, (618) 222-2561, www.LSSMoneyManagement.org

 

LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES, MISSOURI
Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers 21 years and older to provide individualized, in-home money management assistance for older adults living in North St. Louis county and St. Louis city. Volunteers help sort, organize, and record monthly bills and statements, reconcile monthly bank statements, and balance checkbooks. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult remain independent in your community. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website.

Laural Crues, laural.crues@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474, www.lssmoneymanagement.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Volunteer Opportunity with Senior Connections LSS. Senior Connections provides relational volunteers to older adults for one-on-one visits of at least one hour each week for at least a year. The older adults served in this program may be residents in a senior living community, an adult day care center, affordable housing or be members of a faith congregation partnering with Senior Connections and be homebound. Volunteers serving with Senior Connections receive training and guidance on how to walk the journey with an aging friend. Finding that their friends also enjoy visiting with pets, some volunteers with approval bring their pet on visits. Over 100 seniors are being visited in 56 different locations. For more information about volunteering or referring an older adult to be matched with a volunteer, contact Sandra Roeder Singer at 314-446-2526 or
Sandra.RoederSinger@LSSLiving.org.  The next training is August 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch is included at LSS. www.SeniorConnections.info.

Sandra Roeder, sandra.roedersinger@lssliving.org, Senior Connections Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2526, www.seniorconnections.info


NATIONAL NEWS

Medical
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Stay Lean, Live Longer
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Poor Vision and Dangerous Falls Plague Many U.S. Seniors
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Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer
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Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health
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Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying
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3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
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World's Senior Population Forecast to Boom by 2050
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LONGEVITY

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Cognitive Improvement

Does Eating Fewer Calories Improve the Brain?

Hara hatchi bu, the Okinawan people’s habit of eating only till they are 80 percent full, is thought to be one of the secrets of their extraordinary health and longevity. In addition to one of the highest percentages of people in the world who live past 100, Okinawans appear to be less prone to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Indeed, ever since it was discovered in the 1930s that laboratory rats fed a caloric-restricted (CR) diet lived almost twice as long as their well-fed counterparts, scientists have pursued caloric restriction research in the hopes of finding novel strategies for extending human life and preventing disease. Given the growing older population at risk for memory problems and the rising rates of obesity, the role of diet in maintaining peak brain performance has taken on added importance.

Although the links between caloric restriction and longevity are still not fully proven in humans, short-term human trials have clearly shown that CR can improve many vital surrogate health markers, such as body weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin levels, blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and measures of inflammation. High insulin levels and inflammation have both been linked to cognitive problems. In mice, reducing calories also promotes neurogenesis and slows certain Alzheimer’s-related changes in parallel with reductions seen in blood insulin and inflammation. Thus, there is great interest in examining the effects of CR on brain health in humans and in comparing its effects with those of other diets (for example, diets rich in healthier unsaturated fats) that may also help memory.

 

Diet and Memory

A recent study on caloric restriction and memory led by the neurologist Agnes Floel and her colleagues at the University of Munster took the first step in examining this issue. They recruited 50 older (ages 50 to 80 years) adults with a normal memory. Subjects on average were slightly overweight. The researchers assigned the volunteers to three groups, based on their age, gender and weight. Group 1 got a diet with 30 percent reduced daily calories and normal levels of other essential nutrients; the minimal level was set at 1,200 calories daily to prevent malnourishment. Group 2’s diet had 20 percent increased unsaturated fatty acids with no increase in total fat—thus boosting the ratio of healthy (unsaturated) to unhealthy (saturated) fats. The control was Group 3)—who had a diet as usual. None of the participants were advised to change their exercise habits. The researchers gave subjects in the first two groups individualized dietary plans and monitored their diet via self-reports. All subjects underwent memory and blood tests before and after the three months in the trial.
           At the end of three months, the reduced-calorie diet group showed a small reduction in body weight (by 2.4 kilograms), whereas the other two diet groups showed a slight increase in weight (by about one kilogram). There was, however, a highly significant (about 20 percent above baseline) improvement in the CR group’s ability to recall words they had on a list (called delayed recall), and they also made fewer errors. Their memory improvement tended to be correlated with reductions in blood insulin and markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein and TNF-alpha). Memory did not change in the other two diet groups.

This study is commendable because it is the first prospectively planned trial in older adults to demonstrate memory benefits of a low-calorie diet. The replication in humans of some of the findings seen in earlier animal studies provides an important proof of concept step that will encourage and guide the design of larger future studies. Further, it demonstrated improvements in the type of memory (delayed recall) that is typically the first to fail in very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.


Further Questions

As with any single center pilot study, this study also has some limitations (many of which the authors acknowledge), such as: small sample size, considerable differences in baseline characteristics of the three groups, unreliability of diet self-reports, the possibility of chance findings from multiple comparisons, greater social contact with subjects in diet groups, and highly variable adherence to diet as evidenced by the small weight loss in the CR group. For these reasons, the results should be considered preliminary, but promising. 
           What next? There are several unanswered questions. Will memory benefits of CR continue once body weight has dropped below a certain level? Was it the caloric restriction per se or was it the type of diet that led to the effects observed? Might a low carbohydrate diet, without reducing calories, achieve a similar effect? Is a 30 percent caloric restriction even sustainable for most people in the face of constant bombardment with food products? Can the combination of diet and exercise lead to greater benefits? Could prolonged caloric restriction cause wasting or other harm in older people? If inflammation mediates the cognitive benefits of diet, why have prior trials of anti-inflammatory agents failed to improve memory? Is there an interaction between one’s genetic makeup and diet? Further dietary intervention studies of much larger samples with known risk factors (such as elevated C-reactive protein, insulin resistance, or mild cognitive impairment) would be needed to address these questions. 
          But until such studies are completed, a good rule of thumb with regard to diet is “what is good for the heart is generally good for the brain.” Think Hara hatchi bu if you overeat, but never start a diet without consulting a doctor.

 

By Mohan Chilukuri, P. Murali Doraiswamy


Nutrition

Longevity and Nutrition

Japan has the number one life expectancy of any nation while the US falls around 19th. A study recently suggested that eating a single serving of berries every day could add an extra year to our lifespan. The available evidence also suggests that eating nuts (specifically walnuts) and beans may extend our life.

A plant based diet overall is thought to be capable of reversing heart disease and, thus, extending the lifespan by almost 14 years. A study found that those eating one serving of fruits and vegetables a day died 19 months sooner than those eating five servings a day, a direct correlation between plant-based diets and lifespan.

Just reducing the amount of meat one eats can increase lifespan. However, British vegetarians do not appear to live longer than British meat eaters (possibly due to the fact that they are less likely to supplement their diet with vitamin B12).

Coffee has been associated with decreased all-cause mortality. Besides diet, sleeping 7 hours a night may maximize longevity. Severe caloric restriction has been found to extend the lives of animals in laboratories, and lowers our target of rapamycin, or TOR, which is a major determinant of aging. This caloric restriction can easily be met by reducing animal protein and increasing plant consumption.

Meditation and stress management, along with a whole-food, plant-based, may slow the aging of our DNA. On the other hand, there are a few vitamin supplements that may increase all-cause mortality, or shorten the lifespan. Vitamin C and multivitamins don’t appear to offer net benefit. Iron pills have also been linked to a shorter lifespan. Vitamin D, however, actually appears to make us live longer.

Meat intake may increase total mortality according to the massive NIH-AARP study (the largest forward looking study of diet and health in history). Similarly, the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study linked red meat consumption to living a significantly shorter life—increased cancer mortality, increased heart disease mortality, and increased overall mortality. Not surprisingly then, people on animal-based, low carb diets have been found to live significantly shorter lives (increased risk of all-cause mortality). A shorter life span has also been associated with untreated celiac disease, early puberty, consumption of processed meats and fish, kombucha tea, and eating just one egg a day has been found to shorten our lifespan. Dark fish consumption (such as salmon) has been linked with atrial fibrillation (a heartbeat arrhythmia, which can significantly shorten the lifespan). Moderate alcohol consumption does not appear to affect the lifespan of healthy people either positively or negatively.

 

By Michael Greger M.D.


Exercise

What’s the Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life?

     Modern fitness research offers many potent reminders that physical activity is one of the best “preventive drugs” for many common ailments, from psychiatric disorders to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

For example, one meta-review of 305 randomized controlled trials comparing the effectiveness of exercise versus drug interventions on mortality outcomes found “no statistically detectable differences” between exercise and medications for prediabetes and heart disease!

     One of the key health benefits of exercise is that it helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing insulin and leptin receptor sensitivity.

     This is one of the most important factors for optimizing your overall health and preventing chronic disease, and may explain why exercise is such a potent preventive medicine.

     However, as with other medications, there’s the matter of dosage. Too little, and you won't get much benefit. Too much, and you could potentially do harm.

     For example, extreme endurance cardio, such as marathon running, actually damages your heart and can negate the health benefits you'd otherwise reap from a regular fitness program.

     While your heart is indeed designed to work very hard, and will be strengthened from doing so, it's only designed to do so intermittently, and for short periods — not for an hour or more at a time.

 

Finding the Goldilocks Zone...

As discussed in a recent New York Times article, there’s a “Goldilocks zone” in which exercise creates the greatest benefit for health and longevity:

     “Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect.”

In the larger of the two studies, data was collected from six large health surveys involving an impressive 661,000 adults and 14 years’ worth of death records. Exercise habits ranged from no exercise at all, to 10 times the recommended amount, or 25 hours per week and over. Among their findings:

•Those who did not exercise had the highest risk of premature death

•Those who exercised but did not meet current exercise recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week lowered their risk of early death by 20 percent

•Those who met the guidelines of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise lowered their risk of death by 31 percent during the 14 year study period, compared to those who did not exercise

•Tripling the recommended amount of exercise had the greatest benefit. Those who engaged in moderate exercise such as walking for 450 minutes per week (just over an hour a day), lowered their risk of premature death by 39 percent, compared to non-exercisers

•Those who exercised at 10 times above the recommended level only gained the same mortality risk reduction as those who met the guidelines of 150 minutes per week

 

     The second study focused on intensity. Here, health survey data from more than 200,000 adults was pooled, and the exercise that each person engaged in was qualified according to intensity. As reported in the featured article:

“[A]s in the other study, they found that meeting the exercise guidelines substantially reduced the risk of early death, even if someone’s exercise was moderate, such as walking. But if someone engaged in even occasional vigorous exercise, he or she gained a small but not unimportant additional reduction in mortality.

     Those who spent up to 30 percent of their weekly exercise time in vigorous activities were 9 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who exercised for the same amount of time but always moderately...

     [T]hose who spent more than 30 percent of their exercise time in strenuous activities gained an extra 13 percent reduction in early mortality, compared with people who never broke much of a sweat.” [Emphasis mine]

 

Everyone Can Benefit from Walking More Each Day

     It’s interesting to note that the greatest benefit, in terms of longevity, was reaped by those who primarily walked for an hour or so each day. Overwhelming amounts of research shows that sitting too much can take a massive toll on your health, and everyone would benefit from simply standing up and walking more each day.

     Chronic sitting is the new smoking, actually raising your risk of lung cancer by over 50 percent. Importantly, it elevates your risk for an early death from poor health independently from your fitness and other lifestyle habits.

     Personally, I believe that application of this truth has had one of the most profound impacts on my health. I used to sit more than 12 hours a day and had chronic back pain. Now, I sit less than one hour a day and my pain has disappeared, posture has improved, and I feel much better.

     It’s ok to sit some, and you don’t have to go under an hour like I have, but ideally you’ll want to limit your sitting to three hours or less, and aim for 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day, over and above your scheduled workout. A fitness tracker can be a helpful tool to monitor your progress and ensure you’re hitting your mark.

     If you’ve taken such advice to heart and are incorporating more walking into your day, consider switching up the pace at regular intervals, interspersing bouts of speed walking followed by more casual strolling.

     In study after study we find that it is this intermittent high and low intensity that appears to produce the most significant results. So simply by exerting yourself intermittently when walking, you can dramatically increase the return of your effort without spending any extra time on it.

 

Intermittent High Intensity Is Key for Optimal Results

     A growing body of clinical research maintains that the ideal fitness regimen is one that mimics the movements of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, which included short bursts of high-intensity activities, but not long-distance running such as is required to complete a marathon.

     The idea behind "hunter-gatherer fitness" is to closely emulate the actions that ancient man took on a daily basis. This is what your body is hard-wired for, after all, and includes such attributes as:

•A variety of exercises performed regularly (weight training, cardio, stretching, etc.)

•Alternate difficult days with easier days

•Interval training sessions performed once or twice a week

•Weight training at least twice a week

•Ample time for rest after physical exertion

 

     Part of what makes high-intensity interval training (HIIT) so beneficial for your body composition and general fitness and longevity is that it:

 

1. Engages far more of your muscle tissue than conventional aerobic cardio exercise. You have three different types of muscle fibers: slow, fast, and super-fast. Only ONE of these muscles, the super-fast fibers, will impact your production of human growth hormone (HGH, also known as “the fitness hormone”), which is KEY for strength, health, and longevity, and HIIT is the only way to effectively engage these super-fast fibers.

     If you're over the age of 30, especially if you lead an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, you've likely entered a phase known as somatopause (age-related growth hormone deficiency). As your HGH levels decrease, your levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) also decrease. This is another important part of what drives your body's aging process.

 

2. Produces anti-inflammatory myokines in your muscles, which very effectively reverses metabolic syndrome by increasing all of the following: insulin sensitivity, glucose utilization inside the muscle, liberation, and burning of fat from adipose cells. Myokines also act as chemical messengers that inhibit the release and the effect of the inflammatory cytokines produced by your body fat. They also significantly, via an inhibitory effect, reduce body fat irrespective of calorie intake!

 

Sample HIIT Demonstration

     There are many ways to do high-intensity interval exercises. You can use a bicycle, an elliptical machine or treadmill, sprint outdoors, or up the intensity on your strength training routine by slowing it down (super-slow strength training). Just beware that if you sprint outside, you need to properly stretch prior to sprinting to avoid being sidelined by an injury.

Also, unless you are already an athlete, I would advise against sprinting outdoors, as several people I know became injured doing it the first time. Here are the core principles:

•Warm up for three minutes

•Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should be gasping for breath and feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds. It is better to use lower resistance and higher repetitions to increase your heart rate

•Recover for 90 seconds, still moving, but at slower pace and decreased resistance

•Repeat the high-intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times. (When you're first starting out, depending on your level of fitness, you may only be able to do two or three repetitions of the high-intensity intervals. As you get fitter, just keep adding repetitions until you're doing eight during your 20-minute session)

•Cool down for a few minutes afterward by cutting down your intensity by 50-80 percent

 

     Be mindful of your current fitness level and don't overdo it when you first start out. Also keep in mind that there's no "magical" speed here. It's entirely individual, based on your current level of fitness. Some may reach their anabolic threshold by walking at a quick pace, while others may need to perform a mad-dash to get the same effect.

Also remember that besides intensity, recovery is a key factor of high intensity workouts. An equation to keep in mind is that as intensity increases, frequency can be diminished. In fact, you need to allow your body to fully recuperate in between sessions, so it's NOT recommended to do high-intensity exercises more than three times a week. Both Phil Campbell and Dr. Doug McGuff have addressed this in previous interviews.

 

Balanced Variety Is the Key to Optimal Health and Longevity

     Even if you're eating the best diet in the world, you still need to exercise effectively to reach your highest level of health. I've often equated exercise to a drug from the perspective that they both need to be taken at optimal dosage to reap the desired effect.

As for the optimal weekly time investment, remember that the greatest effect on longevity was found among those who engaged in 150-450 minutes of exercise per week, the bulk of which was moderate intensity activities such as walking. And those who included bouts of vigorous activity also got an extra boost in longevity, compared to those who kept to a one pace.

Ideally, you want to incorporate a variety of activities, including core-strengthening exercises, strength training, stretching, and high-intensity activities into your rotation. High-intensity interval training boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength, vigor, and yes—longevity. That said, intermittent movement is equally (if not more) critical for maximizing the quality of your life. Chronic, undisrupted sitting—even if you maintain an optimum fitness program—has been found to be an independent risk factor for premature death.

     In short, one of the keys to optimal health is to remain as active as you can, all day long. Whenever you have a chance to move and stretch your body in the course of going about your day, do so. That said, there’s no doubt that an ideal fitness regimen requires a little more effort. Fortunately, you can accomplish the bulk of it through high intensity exercises, which require a minimal time investment—as little as 20 minutes, two to three times a week. 

 

By Dr. Mercola


Social Engagement

Baby Boomers Are Isolating Themselves as They Age

     A large body of research shows that emotional experience improves with age. People are slower to show anger and more prone to see silver linings. They solve emotionally charged conflicts more effectively and are more likely to forgive and forget.

     So the prospect of millions of baby boomers entering a stage in life that brings wisdom and emotional balance has many researchers excited about the possibility that they will, as they enter their final years, build a better world. After all, not only are boomers distinguished by their numbers, which will intensify their impact on society, but they are also different from earlier cohorts of aging Americans: going gently into that good night doesn’t appeal to a generation that, in its youth, wanted to start a social revolution.

     But a sobering finding has emerged from the Stanford Center on Longevity’s Sightlines Project. We tracked six age cohorts across historical time on variables that predict length and quality of life. The study is based on analyses of eight nationally representative, high-quality, multiyear studies involving more than a million Americans over two decades. The Sightlines Project monitors the percentages of Americans in each age group who are doing well in areas critical to long-term well-being. Instead of comparing younger people with older people, Sightlines compares people today with people who were the same age 15 to 20 years ago. In this way, we produce a dynamic snapshot of trends, for better and for worse.

     There is ample evidence that social engagement has positive effects on health and longevity. Social isolation is as strong a risk factor for early mortality as cigarette smoking. Which makes the findings about social engagement among boomers startling. The 55-to-64-year-olds just about to join the ranks of the elderly are far less socially engaged now than their predecessors were at the same age 20 years ago. And this pattern emerged across virtually all traditional measures of social engagement: Boomers are less likely to participate in community or religious organizations than were their counterparts 20 years ago. They are less likely to be married. They talk with their neighbors less frequently. And it doesn’t stop with participation in communities and neighborhoods: boomers report fewer meaningful interactions with their spouses and partners than did previous generations, and they report weaker ties to family and friends.

     Should we be worried about these trends? Possibly, though the portrait sketched by the Sightlines data generates hypotheses rather than definitive answers. It is possible, for example, that boomers, especially women, are working longer, which offers its own kinds of social connection. Another possibility is that they are interacting in nontraditional ways, using social media and participating in global communities, though this is unlikely to fully explain the phenomenon, given that many boomers remain digitally averse. But it is also possible that patterns of social disengagement reflect the price that boomers will pay for having rejected family values and traditions many years ago. Boomers are, after all, the most divorced generation in history.

     Whatever the reasons, the sheer size of this generation means that these behavioral changes may endure for those that follow. The findings are especially intriguing since this is the generation that proclaimed that the world should have higher standards and sparked great changes in our society in order to realize them. If boomers bow out, a very different scenario may unfold.

     Specifically, their health may suffer as they withdraw from meaningful engagement. But if they stay engaged as they age, boomers may spark a second social revolution. This revolution wouldn’t look like the revolution imagined back at Woodstock; there would be far less chanting in the streets. Instead, boomers could become an army of millions of gray-haired people, better educated than any previous generation, armed with unprecedented financial resources and decades of experience, ready to solve the practical problems of life. This revolution could finally help the nation become a better place for young people. As Marc Freedman, the CEO of Encore.org, says, “Maybe we can stop trying to stay young and instead rally to help people who actually are.” Now wouldn’t that be a fitting legacy for the Woodstock generation?


Laura L. Carstensen, Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity


Spirituality / Religion

The Link Between Spirituality and Longevity

     The study of aging—gerontology—is a science that has made incredible progress over the last 30 years. Gerontology now acknowledges that it is important to consider the entire person, remembering that as well as physical needs, older adults have spiritual, emotional, and social needs.

     Elizabeth Scott, M.S. wrote in Spirituality and Mental Health: Benefits of Spirituality, "While people use many different religions and paths to find God, research has shown that those who are more religious or spiritual, and use their spirituality to cope with life, experience many benefits to their health and well-being."

     Spirituality and religious activity have been a source of comfort and stress relief for many people for hundreds of years. People frequently report that their spiritual beliefs and practices are major sources of personal strength. In fact, according to a study from the University of Florida in Gainesville and Wayne State University in Detroit, older adults use prayer more than any other alternative therapy for health and 96% of study participants use prayer specifically to cope with stress.

     A recent Mayo Clinic health letter suggested that one of the best ways to improve our chances to live longer is to recognize the value of spirituality in our lives. Nurture your spirit no matter what you call your source of inspiration advised the Mayo Clinic health letter. So how do we nurture our spirit? Here are some research-supported spiritual exercises for stress relief:

•  Express Gratitude: Gratitude toward God has been linked with improved health outcomes and can reduce the experience of stress as well. Studies have shown that people who experience gratitude tend to be healthier and that being grateful changes our perception of life for the better. One effective way to increase our gratitude level is to keep a gratitude journal, in which we record all for which we are grateful. This list that can act as a source of well-being when we’re feeling down, and we get into the habit of noticing all that is positive in our lives!

•  Pray Often: Prayer can help us feel more connected with God, calmer, safer, and more grounded. This can be a buffer against stress. It also could bring benefits similar to the benefits of meditation, including lower blood pressure, increased immunity, and more. 1 Timothy 4:7b, 8 reminds us, “Train yourself in godliness, for while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (NRSV)

•  Be Optimistic: It may sound trite but believing, “When God closes a door, God opens a window” can encourage us to be optimistic about the future. Those who have a greater trust in God may be more hopeful and research shows many benefits to positive thinking. Trusting God or the Universe or a Higher Power for the 'big picture' can help us develop a more internal locus of control, which brings many benefits as well. How much better to trust our abilities, trust our situation, and trust our God!

•  Keep a Journal: As mentioned about under 'Gratitude' writing down our experiences and reactions to people, situations, and items that we’ve read can be very enlightening. Record inner thoughts, dilemmas and “ah-ha” moments. When we review what we’ve written from time to time, it helps us to find patterns and understand triggers for frustration and instances and experiences that bring us joy or satisfaction.

•  Find the Lesson: Those who are more spiritual have the benefit of seeing stressful situations as tests of strength, or even as valuable lessons from God. This can be a good distinction, as viewing a stressful event as a challenge can make the event itself feel less threatening. If we feel less threatened, we aren’t as physically reactive to stress, and we may find more effective ways to cope, turning a difficult situation into a path to greater personal growth.

 

     A study published in 2008 by HealthDay.com shows a correlation between longevity and spiritual beliefs. In this study (part of the well-regarded Women’s Health Initiative), women who expressed religious feelings and attended services lived moderately longer than non-religious peers. As with much of the research on religion and health, the type of belief wasn’t a factor.

     In the end, it is safe to conclude that belief in a power greater than ourselves often creates optimism and hope and longevity may be the end result of cultivating a positive attitude toward everything in our lives—including our aging bodies, illnesses, and other challenges. What do you think? Could there be a link between spirituality and longevity?

 

Barbara Dickens Albert, M.Div.

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